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|Release date(s)||October 1, 2013|
|Genre(s)||MMORPG, multiplayer online battle arena|
|Mode(s)||Online multiplayer, single player, cooperative gameplay|
Prime World revolves around a battle between the two nations of Dokht Imperium and Keepers of Adornia for control of Prime, a critical resource. Prime is a source of energy; an alien substance that alters the world and gives its users power over it. By controlling heroes, players support their armies, capture new territory and attempt to destroy the enemy base. Each Prime World player is the lord of his/her own castle, the main base of operations and home to the player’s heroes. At the castle, players can build various buildings, from mining facilities to decorative structures. Players can also create new talents/skills which can be chosen later, enhancing selected heroes/characters assets for upcoming battles.
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The game uses a castle-building metaphor to display a player's development and collectible card mechanic for character talents. It has persistent character development between battles and a class system with roles outside of the tank, magic, and healer triad. Prime World's main game mode is Borderlands, which is a classic MOBA map with three lanes guarded by turrets and two bases.
Nival has released four additional PvP game modes – Dragonwald, with more PvE oriented gameplay than Borderlands, the fast-paced Outpost with a single lane, defense-based Homeland, and the zombie-ridden Apocalypse. There is also Shuffle mode - similar to Borderlands but with heroes randomly shuffled in a team. At E3 2013, Nival announced PvE modes - single-player campaign and coop "Challenges" missions. Both were available during the open beta weekend in June. 
There are currently 320 "shared" talents available in the game, each of which can be won in battle or produced in the castle. Talents can be upgraded as many as four times, using other talents as a resource. There are also hero-specific talents that cannot be upgraded - up to nine per hero. This brings the total number of talents to 617.
Every hero gets experience points for winning or losing a PvP battle and for winning PvE battle. Losing a PvE battle doesn't give the player any rewards. Getting enough experience will net a new level, allowing the player to permanently upgrade a hero's basic characteristics.
As of March 2013 there are 64 heroes to choose from, 32 for each faction. Most heroes share the same gameplay mechanics for both factions, so they are identical except for their appearance. Each faction has two unique heroes; Artiste and Demonologist for Kingdom of Adornia and Doctrine and Inventor for Dokht Imperium.
Prime World uses optional Facebook Connect to allow players to engage with their friends in the game, creating teams with their Facebook friends, and use their help to improve production rates in the castle.
One of the basic talents that was available in the game allowed gamers of a different genders to protect each other if they are playing together, and only if gamers are playing a hero of their own gender.
Another game feature was a different in-game Heroes' pricing policy for male and female gamers. After much controversy this feature was cancelled and prices are now even for both male and female players.
All gender features were removed from the game as well as the gender indication in the game interface.
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Awards and nominations
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- Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011: IGN PC Best Strategy Game
- Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011: GameFront Best of E3: Prime World
- Gamescom 2011: GamingXP Best Social Game
- Best Russian Game 2012: Igromania
- Best Russian Game 2012: Stopgame.ru
- Best Online Game 2012: MMOCult.ru
- Best Strategy Game of E3 2013: Flesh Eating Zipper
- Best MOBA[clarification needed] of E3 2013: RTSGuru
- "Let The Beta Begin!"
- Christina Gonzalez "Prime World Q&A: Taking MOBA to the Next" RTS Guru, 27 February 2012, Retrieved 2012-03-23
- Ryann Scott "Prime World: A Class Act" Gamespy, 21 March 2012, Retrieved 2012-03-23
- "First look at Challenges mission"
- "Open Beta Weekend and PVE"
- Prime World Official website
- Lucas Sullivan. "Prime World's heroes give new meaning to "red versus blue"" PC Gamer, March 28, 2012
- Ben Kuchera "Prime World to charge women less for extra heroes, and offer gender-based bonuses" The Penny Arcade Report, April 2, 2012
- AFP "Fighting game 'Prime World' attracting female players with new incentive" Yahoo! OMG, April 6, 2012.
- Changes in heroes prices
- Removing our gender features
- "IGN PC Best Strategy Game"
- "GameFront Best of E3"
- "GamingXP Best Social Game"
- "Igromania Awards 2012"
- "Stopgame Awards 2012"
- "E3 2013 awards"
- RTS Guru E3 2013 Awards
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